Recipe/ Salads

Winter Panzanella Salad

Can you believe it? My 100th Follower Giveaway Extravaganza is over! And not only is it over, but I got a whopping 77 more followers as a result! It’s difficult to say whether all these new followers were always around or if they’ll continue to be so now that the giveaway is up. But I sure hope so. I’ve made contact with so many incredible readers and joiners and lovely people, I just want to keep you all!
This was a magnificently fun giveaway. On top of meeting all you lovely people, I got to meander around Silk Road and buy more tea than I have ever allowed myself previously. Heck! I’m temped to just keep this prize! What I wouldn’t give for my own little set of these teas, a wicked cool Scandinavian steeper mug, some home baked chocolate chip cookies, and a copy of my first “published” cookbook ever. And apparently all of you felt the same way!
That’s right. Momma takes care of her readers. 
Ew. Did I just call myself “momma”?
Let’s just get on with this reveal business, shall we? Apparently I need to stop talking…
So, thank you very, very much to everyone who participated. I do hope you’ll stick around and I’ll hear from you from time to time. There will be more giveaways in the future…as soon as I can think of one. If you have any ideas for giveaways or would like to sponsor one, feel free to drop me a comment (with a way to contact you back) or email me at onewomansadventures [at] gmail [dot] com. It’s much easier to do a giveaway from a craft or art blog than it is a food one. It’s pretty tricky to ship something like Winter Panzanella Salad across the country! Keep reading for that recipe….
I’m still talking… The winner is: 
Congratulations Amanda! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing information! 
Again, to everyone thank you for taking the time to stop by my little blog and taking the time to enter & comment. We all know how much I love my comments!
Now, how about some Winter Panzanella salad? Honestly, if you didn’t win the giveaway, you’re gonna want some of this to make up for it! 
I was reviewing some of my old recipes the other day and came across Ensalada de Panzanella. I thought, man, I love me some panzanella salad! But it’s Winter time and a severe lack of fresh tomatoes, basil, and bell peppers haunts me. So I thought, how do I enjoy the deliciousness of Summer in the middle of Winter? I want bread salad! This… is what I came up with. 

Winter Panzanella Salad


For the Salad:

  • 1 Loaf Sourdough Bread, roughly torn into 1 bite pieces.
  • Large Handful of Pearl Onions, peeled.
  • I Head Garlic, peeled.
  • 1 Winter Squash, peeled & chopped into 1" segments.
  • 1-2 Roasted Red Peppers, julienned.
  • Approx 20 Brussel Sprouts, cleaned, well dried, & halved.
  • 4 Medium Sized Golden Beets, cleaned & well dried.
  • 2 Large Carrots, cleaned & sliced.
  • Couple Handfuls of Winter Salad Greens.
  • Grana Padano or Parmesan Cheese, shaved.
  • Some Fresh Goat's Cheese.
  • Handful of Fresh Sage, roughly torn.
  • Handful Toasted Pecans.
  • 1 Tbsp Capers, rinsed.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
  • Orange Slices for Garnish.
  • 3-4 Red Snapper Fillets + 3/4 C Flour + 1 Tbsp Butter (optional).

Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • 1/3 C Red Wine or Balsamic Vinegar.
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced.
  • Juice of Half an Orange.
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a roasting pan, throw in the onions, squash, garlic, brussel sprouts, carrots, and sage. Toss well with salt and pepper and a good glug of olive oil. Arrange as a single layer - try to make sure brussels are cut side down) and roast uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes or until just tender.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. At the same time, toss the beets in a separate roasting dish with a bit of oil and salt & pepper, cover, and roast for approximately 30-40 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from the heat, allow to cool enough to touch and then peel. Chop into quarters and set aside with the rest of the veg.
  5. To add extra flavour to the bread, you can grill it on your BBQ over medium-high heat to give it a smoky essence. If not, turn your broiler to high, arrange as a single layer on a baking sheet and toast slightly. Watch though - they'll burn quickly. Remove from heat & set aside.
  6. If using fish, heat a non-stick pan over medium heat with a good glug of olive oil and the butter. Pat dry with paper towels, season well with salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour. Place in hot pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until fish flakes. Remove from heat.
  7. Assemble!
  8. Throw all the ingredients for the salad into a bowl save for the fish and orange slices.
  9. Throw all the ingredients for the dressing into a mason jar. Put the lid on and shake baby shake!
  10. Pour 1/3 of the dressing over the salad, toss well, and add more if necessary.
  11. Serve on a giant platter or on individual plates, top with the fish and orange slices & serve.



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  • Gentri
    February 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Congratulations on all the blog success, Kristy! 😀 I’m so happy for you! This food all looks DELICIOUS and my stomach is growling just looking at the pictures. I guess that means it’s time for breakfast…

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz
    February 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Congrats to Amanda. Wow love your winter panzanella with a breath of summer in colors. Very creative.

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    @ Gentri: Thanks lovely! Good to see you!

    @ Cheap Ethnic Eatz: Thank you Evelyne! It’s appreciated.

  • Jane
    February 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    That salad looks amazing! Congrats on getting to the 177 followers!

  • onceuponarecipe
    February 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Ohmygoshimsoexcitedaboutthis! 🙂
    Thank you Kristy – this giveaway totally rocks my world! Winning things has never been a frequent happening in my life, and I really needed a pick-me-up today, so thank you kindly for delivering. I was a reader before and will remain a reader after. Thank you thank you thank you!
    PS. This panzanella looks spectacular! Can I come live with you?!

  • Teresa,
    February 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    How did I miss this contest? I must have been in a blur of work or sleeping. Anyway Congrats on #100 and all your new followers and all the accolades you so well deserve. The salad looks dreamy. Your friend in Tennessee.

  • Sam
    February 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it. Maybe with some pan-fried tofu or some beans instead of the fish? Congrats on all your success! 🙂

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 22, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    @ Jane: thank you very much!

    @ onceuponarecipe: stoked for you sugar! and yes, of course! though we may have to put you in the computer/storage/painting room…

    @ Teresa: Busy lady! haha – thank you! xo!

    @ Sam: Fo sho! Tofu with some lime would be good, or even a nice fat white bean like what you had on your blog the other day 🙂

  • alissa {33shadesofgreen}
    February 23, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Wow Kristy, you panzanella salad sounds amazing. I love that you’ve made it into a winter version! Thanks so much for linking up.

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @ Alissa: thank YOU for stopping by!

  • Miz Helen
    February 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Your Salad looks amazing, we would just love it, the combination is just perfect for a winter time treat.
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    @ Miz Helen: I love winter time treats!

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    February 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I’m so glad your giveaway went so well – that is wonderful! I really do like the look of your delicious Winter Panzanella. It’s got so many wonderful seasonal ingredients and I love the citrus you have used in it as well.

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    @ April: me too! 😉 thanks for featuring it on the Hearth & Soul this week – made my day!

  • Natural Mothers Network
    March 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at the Seasonal Celebration Linky- I do so enjoy reading your posts! Have a wonderful weekend! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

    • Kristy Lynn
      June 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      thanks for stopping by Rebecca!

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